The Mining Camp Restaurant, a family-style steakhouse in Apache Junction that burned down in July, plans to rebuild.

“Yes, we are going to reopen. We don’t have a timetable. We don’t have a date,” said Autumn Springan, a restaurant employee. The restaurant’s website had been mum on the subject until recently. 

The restaurant at 6100 E. Mining Camp St. was a total loss, though other buildings on the property were spared in the fire.

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Customers on social media had encouraged owner Vinton Fugate, who began as a dishwasher in the restaurant, to reopen.


The Mining Camp Restaurant in Apache Junction burned down on July 25, 2017. The historic restaurant is a total loss, with an estimated value up to $950,000, according to Assistant Fire Chief Richard Ochs with the Superstition Fire & Medical District.

The restaurant opened in 1961 and was popular with both locals and tourists driving out to the nearby Superstition Mountains.

MOREMining Camp restaurant loss sparks memories of its history

The original owner operated a successful rustic restaurant in Minnesota, the Rapid River Logging Camp, which was popular with lumberjacks and summer tourists. The Mining Camp, built with timber harvested near Payson, mimicked the rustic Minnesota restaurant, only it was open year-round.

Fugate went from dishwasher to cook and took on other duties, eventually becoming part owner and then the sole owner.

The menu featured barbecue beef ribs, roast chicken with dressing, oven baked ham, sourdough rolls, raisin bread, baked beans, coleslaw, green beans, and roasted potatoes.

A rustic barn on the property was available for wedding, fundraisers, private parties, corporate meetings and other events.


Superstition Fire and Medical crews work to put out the fire that destroyed the Mining Camp Restaurant on July 25, 2017. Mark Henle/


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